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Despite the current trend for facial hair (primarily thick, bushy beards), wet shaving remains a vital part of many men’s daily routine across the globe. The classic clean-shaven look is tidy, fairly low-maintenance, and professional for customer-facing jobs; it also feels pleasant to touch, and helps to take years off some men, especially those searching for a fresh look.

For women, shaving the legs and the armpits is as popular as ever (though waxing is an alternative many ladies prefer, shaving is cheaper and more convenient, at home or away): there are countless brands of razors on the market, providing a smooth, clean shave for all skin types.

However, while shaving is, on the appearance, simply a case of sliding the razor against the skin, there are rights ways and wrong ways to do it. Irritated skin, spots, and more dermatological issues may result from a bad shave – so what can you do to make sure your skin remains in the best condition after shaving?

Shaving Tips for Men

Be Sure Beards are Wet

Before you start to shave, your beard should be thoroughly wet. Why? Facial hair absorbs moisture at up to 30 percent of its volume, and wet hair becomes weaker – making it is easier to cut.

Showering before you shave is a fantastic way to make sure the beard is as moist as can be, but if this is impractical, simply rinsing your face and applying a warm, damp towel to the beard for up to five minutes can help (barbers use this technique). Shaving on a cold or dry beard is a leading cause of rashes and razor burn.

Use a Shaving Brush to Prepare the Hair

Another great technique for an effective, skin-friendly shave is to use a brush: this helps to raise the hair on the face, so that a cut can be closer, as well as creating a creamy lather with your shaving cream. On top of this, a shaving brush is exfoliating, and removes dead skin cells – reducing the risk of razor-bumps & blemishes while encouraging smoother skin.